Open Source and Freely Downloadable
The software is all open source and freely downloadable from the Sun Web site.
However, there are licensing costs (see below) for various levels of enterprise
support and training.
Sun also launched xVMserver.org, a new open-source community where developers can download the first source code bundle for xVM Server software, get advice and training, and contribute to the direction and development of the product.
Additional pieces of the Sun xVM virtualization portfolio, including the xVM VirtualBox, are open source and freely available for immediate download.
"With xVM, we're now able to manage everything, from desktops to servers," Rich Green, executive vice president of software at Sun, told the group. "We're doing it with a world-class set of partners, including AMD, CSC [a virtualization consultant], Intel and Microsoft."
Enterprise license pricing is as follows:
Attendees will be able to see demos of the xVM portfolio at VMworld in Las Vegas, Sept. 15-19.